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Doesn’t Everyone Have a Crazy Aunt or Uncle?

8 Mar

 

Well, meet The Mighty Franks, a memoir by Michael Frank. With wit and charm Frank weaves the tale of his storybook Hollywood family. They are all a bit wacky and mostly loving at times.  His parents, aunts and uncles are all siblings, while the grandmothers live together.  Everyone lives close by, and it’s an eccentric enclave. The family dynamics are compelling, comical and hurtful, which is why there is a possibility of a TV mini-series. Without giving away the plot, let’s just say the special aunt goes overboard.

I had the opportunity to meet with the author on his recent book tour. He is a charming as the book. He tells me his next book is fiction. I’m looking forward to more zany characters.

Superhero Alert! It’s a Dad with MS

22 Feb

Max Melamed, age 13, wrote and illustrated the book Who is El Pitlum Rossicles? He wrote the book as part of his Bar Mitzvah project. (When Jewish children are 13, they often choose or are required to complete a social action project to make the world a better place.)  The story of “grit and perservance” is about a superhero who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The superhero is actually the father in the story, who is underestimated by the family because of his disease. He helped everyone in the town, and no one suspected him because of his condition.

It’s a personal story for Max because his father does have MS. Another reason Max wrote the book was to inspire others who might have a family member with this disease. Profits from the book go to help find a cure for MS. Max will personally send a copy of his book to anyone who donates $18 or more to the National MS Society.  For more information about Max’s book click here.

As Max states, “If your mom or dad has MS, don’t stress because they can be heroes and you can help too!”

The title of the book is an anagram. What do you think it spells?

 

The New Fashion Statement

10 Jan

As a former lifestyle and fashion editor, I’ve written about the stylish “little black dress” on numerous occasions. It’s timeless, classic and yes, ever so slimming. I even reviewed a book with the same title.

But as I watched the Golden Globes the other night, I was proud that the little black dress made a statement for the Time’s Up movement addressing sexual harassment.

Black is bold, elegant and now empowering.

Can we ever have too many black dresses?

 

 

Above: Oprah Winfrey wore a black Versace gown at the Golden Globes. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Accent on Détroit

22 Dec

So you’ve heard Orange is the New Black, but now Détroit is the New Black. Détroit is the New Black is the brainchild of Roslyn Karamoko. Karamoko was featured in the January 2018 issue of Elle magazine as an influencer contributing to the fashion scene in Motown.

She moved to Detroit in 2013 after spending six years as a retail buyer in New York and Singapore. She coined the phrase Détroit is the New Black and put it on T-shirts. She expanded the line, above, in this holiday hipster guide. In addition she features established designers like Tracy Reese and other labels from the local fashion scene.

Karamoko adds panache to Motown’s stylish scene. It’s not surprising that she was named Time magazine’s hottest Motown designer last year.

Stylin’ With Detroit Legs

29 Nov

These Detroit leggings are silky, sexy and fabulous. There’s the perfect amount of spandex for a jog, a walk or hot yoga. Yes, they are made in the U.S.A. by skinnytees.

The creative force behind skinnytees is Linda Schlesinger. I’ve known Linda for years, and her creative, fashionable spirit is boundless. And she has a personal and entrepreneurial story that’s compelling. Her messy divorce left her impoverished and depressed, but she overcame her obstacles.

Writer and blogger Suzy Farbman relates how Schlesinger scores and soars with skinnytees. Read it here.

Linda relied on her fashion experience to reinvent herself with skinnytees. Years ago she started out with a children’s boutique and then designed knitwear. Skinnytees began with a simple tank top for women of all sizes. Today there are more than 120 colors and 60 plus styles including tanks, tees, skirts, leggings, etc.

These Detroit leggings are a Motown collage featuring city icons. From the main streets of Woodward to 8 Mile, from the tourist attractions of the Motown Museum and Greenfield Village to the Ambassador Bridge and the tunnel to Canada, these themed leggings are fashionable, stylish and active- wear friendly.

A bonus is that all the profits from the Detroit has Legs collection will benefit the nonprofit Cass Community Social Services, to help support their projects with food, housing, health services and job programs in the metro Detroit area. (Yep, let’s add philanthropic spirit to Linda’s character traits.)

Detroit Has Legs is the first of many themed clothing lines expected from the brand.

I can’t wait for more. Paris, New York? Or maybe Nashville, Palm Beach or Silicon Valley!

 

Shopping for a Cause: Breast Cancer

23 Oct

October is breast cancer awareness month, but for women it’s everyday. Many of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends have it. The statistics are staggering: About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. (link)

Saks Fifth Avenue and the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) team up  for the 2017 Key to the Cure Campaign and create a T-shirt worn by a celebrity. Jennifer Lopez wears this year’s Missoni designed shirt. Here’s my purchase below, along with a jar of granola from Laurie’s Pantry. I bought the granola at my local green market. I love how retailers large and small are donating to breast cancer.

Last year, I reposted Kelly’s picks from her blog Sparkles and Shoes. Here they are again. She does a great job of finding special products.

ONEHOPE Pink Glitter Edition California Chardonnay $59 |  ONEHOPE works with Gateway for Cancer Research, and every two bottles sold funds a clinical trial for a woman with breast cancer.

Ralph Lauren Tender Romance Pink Pony Eau de Parfum Limited Edition $96 | 100 percent of the profits from this limited-edition version of RL’s classic scent will be donated to the Pink Pony Fund.

Sigma Beauty PInk F80 Flat Kabuki Brush  $25 |   Sigma is donating 20 percent of the profits from this brush to Bright Pink.

Bumble and Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb.Thickening Spray $29 |  In support of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, Bumble and bumble is donating 20 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Athleta Power of She Bra $54 |  Twelve percent of sales from this bra will be donated to Recovery on Water (ROW), an organization and rowing team that empowers women with breast cancer to connect with other survivors and “become active in their recovery.”

Privé Revaux The Escobar $30 | 50 percent of proceeds of all four pink BCA sunglasses go to Susan G. Komen Foundation.

La Mer The Breast Cancer Campaign Crème de La Mer  $85 |  Until December 31st, La Mer is donating $10 from each sale of its limited-edition cult-favorite moisturizer to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Beautyblender Bubble  $20 |  For the entire month, 50% of the proceeds of the original and mini makeup sponges will support breast cancer patients through the Good Feel Better Foundation.

S’well Bottle in Bikini Pink $35  | During the month of October, 20% of the purchase price for this color will go to the BCRF.

Naked Cashmere Superluxe Scarf in Antique Pink  $165 |  Fifty percent of net proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Jack Rogers Exclusive Lauren Sandal $128 | Now through October 31st, Jack Rogers will donate 10% of sales of the Exclusive Lauren Sandal in Blush to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Venus et Fleur Box  $139 to $399 |  Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.

 

A Natural Path

27 Jul

Some months, like June and December, denote a fleeting romance, but these months are the name of a motown business for Katie and Nick Forte. The couple’s website junedecember.com and business is named after the months in which their children were born.

The company, based in Michigan and produced in Michigan with mostly all American-made products, is a home decor and paper goods business with many themes of nature. They sell napkins, pillows, notepads, desk pads and pencil sets. Their newest product is a pencil terrarium.  This set includes five fern patterned pencils packaged in a glass tube. The glass tube can be turned into tiny terrarium.

In their previous work lives, Katie worked in advertising and graphic design while Nick was a restaurateur.

Katie designs the many kitchen style motifs and paper good products. Some have catchy phrases like Smitten with the Mitten. (Michiganders know that we carry a map of the state with us at times and show where we live on our hand.)

Michigan is more than a place to live for Katie and Nick, “It’s where we share our journey with children and where our roots go deep.”

The business started out at the NYNOW trade show and now is nationwide in many boutique stores.  For more information, go to junedecember.com

 

 

The Wonders of Wonder Woman

4 Jun

I just saw the movie Wonder Woman, and I really enjoyed it.The lead actress, like many women I know, is beautiful and has extraordinary powers. It’s great to a see a powerful, superhero woman.

Sitting next to me was an equally beautiful woman, dressed in a Wonder Woman outfit. Her name was Margaret Marston Lampe (below), and her father-in-law, William Marston created Wonder Woman. Her outfit is genuine. She received it from Warner Brothers via her family.

 

Here I am with my friend, Jill Rosenstein (left) and Margaret.

For a bona fide review of the movie, I suggest visiting my favorite movie reviewer Mara Reinstein.

I’m really looking forward to the Wonder Woman sequels. As for sitting next to Wonder Woman’s daughter-in-law serendiptiously, I say “Wonders Never Cease!”

 

At the Movies with Mara

16 May

Here’s the newest and best site for movie reviews. It’s www.maramovies.com

Yes, this is the source for everything cinema. Why? Because, it’s written by Mara Reinstein, the former movie critic at Us Weekly. She’s talented, witty and spot-on brilliant when it comes to movies and pop culture.

Catch all of her summer previews now on her site.

Pass the popcorn, please.

 

 

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